The Philadelphia Eagles made a very smart transaction on Friday March 28th, 2014.
They rid themselves of a problem that would only continue to manifest and eventually blow up, otherwise known at DeSean Jackson.
Rest assured more facts will come out from sources, including the Eagles, over the next days and weeks. People will want to make this about race. People will speculate about criminal activity or proof.
The reality is that regardless of what is yet to be learned, this is solely on DeSean Jackson (with an assist from Aaron Hernandez). Jackson had a reputation coming out of college that lowered is draft status. Sadly, Jackson could never learn from that situation (which caused him to lose money) and the trend continued.
A few years into his rookie contract, Jackson sulked and for the most part admitted he did not give it his all while striving for a new contract. In what world does that make sense? So you want to make more money, but you do not want to work for it? In Jackson's world.
Jackson was frequently questioned for his practice work ethic. If you closed your eyes you could almost hear Jackson mimicking Alan Iverson. Practice? Practice? We're talking about practice? Yes DeSean, practice counts when you want to be considered an elite wide receiver in the NFL.
Sadly, due to Jackson's importance in spreading out the field for the Philadelphia Eagles, his bad attitude and behavior was rewarded in 2012. Even back then I questioned this decision, www.overbeers.net/2013/10/desean-is-deone.html. In the same post I also questioned the writer's willingness to buy "Jackson's newfound maturity." Guess I may have been onto something.
It has been clear from day one of Jackson's NFL career that he was not going to change. The Eagles initially played by the unwritten professional sports rules. Ignore reality in public and have "fixers or cleaners" on your payroll to help these problem children. Most children grow up. DeSean chose not to. It will cost him money.
The speculation is running wild now. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the Eagles and not Jackson changed. Fair point Jeff, but what has not changed is the Eagles are in charge. That is a concept that Jackson has a hard time understanding. Youthful indiscretions or immaturity are expected to minimize over time not stay the same or potentially increase.
ESPN reports that up to 9 teams are interested in Jackson. It will be very intriguing to see if a team signs him. The red flags are everywhere. This goes beyond the gang speculation. The guy simply has not proven to be a team player. He has and always will be about himself. No doubt that speed kills, but at what cost? Let's also be realistic about Jackson's on field play. He's a small receiver that can be taken out of games by physical teams (Seahawks, 49ers anybody?). Jackson can spread the field out with speed, but that could be a luxury that many teams do not want to afford or risk.
One last consideration... NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has demonstrated a no tolerance policy for bad behavior. I wonder if Goodell has put a buyer beware message out to the other NFL owners about Jackson.
The Eagles made a tough but smart decision. Jackson should look in the mirror and make a similar decision about moving forward. Don't count on it.
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